Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy bag gongs
Major winners Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy are both recognised in the New Year Honours List.
Clarke, 43, receives an OBE five months after he won the Open Championship at Sandwich, while fellow Northern Irishman McIlroy is awarded an MBE.
McIlroy, 22, won the US Open at Congressional by eight shots in June in a record low score of 16-under-par 268.
Former Formula One world champion Nigel Mansell and England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke receive CBEs.
Much-loved retired cricket umpire Dickie Bird is awarded an OBE. The 78-year-old Yorkshireman, one of the game's great characters, stood in 66 Test matches and is honoured for services to cricket and charity.
England rugby league captain Jamie Peacock is made an MBE. The 34-year-old Leeds Rhinos prop is the most successful player in Super League history having won seven titles in a career which also includes a long spell at Bradford.
In rugby union, Scotland's record cap-holder Chris Paterson, who announced his international retirement earlier this month, is also made an MBE. The 33-year-old amassed 809 points in 109 internationals.
Wales veteran Martyn Williams, the 36-year-old flanker who has won 103 caps but has recently been sidelined with a broken arm, is another to be awarded the MBE.
Top Olympic prospect Sarah Stevenson also receives an MBE at the end of an emotional year in which she won the taekwondo World Championship. Both of her parents died this year.
Acclaimed Formula One engineer Adrian Newey, chief technical officer at the Red Bull team of world champion Sebastian Vettel, is made an OBE.